September 16, 2019

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Govs On Deck – September 16, 2019

Good Monday morning! Welcome to this week’s edition of “Govs on Deck” – the weekly tip sheet dedicated to keeping you informed about what is happening in Democratic governors’ offices around the country.

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Coming up this week:

How ‘bout Dem govs: Dem govs continue to push for federal gun reforms 

Dem govs get it done.

Last week, twelve Democratic governors signed a letter to President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell calling for federal action on commonsense gun safety reforms including passing red flag laws and universal background checks.

The letter, led by NEW YORK Gov. Andrew CUOMO, was signed by:

  • CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin NEWSOM
  • CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned LAMONT
  • DELAWARE Gov. John CARNEY
  • ILLINOIS Gov. JB PRITZKER
  • MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen WHITMER
  • NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil MURPHY
  • NEW MEXICO Gov. Michelle LUJAN GRISHAM
  • OREGON Gov. Kate BROWN
  • PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom WOLF
  • RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina RAIMONDO
  • WASHINGTON Gov. Jay INSLEE.

The full letter can be read here.

Some news from this past week:

  • Gun safety reform
    • NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil MURPHY signed an executive order seeking to limit New Jersey’s financial ties with gun vendors and financial institutions that do not promote responsible gun safety practices.
  • Environment
    • COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS created a new state park. The previously privately-owned Fisher’s Peak will become the state’s 42nd park.
  • Economy
    • KANSAS Gov. Laura KELLY signed an executive order creating a Tax Reform Council. The council will conduct an 18-month study and make specific statutory recommendations for a fiscally responsible, fair and sustainable tax structure.
    • LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel EDWARDS announced that the state has a projected $500M budget surplus for FY2019. The governor had inherited a budget deficit of $2B when he took office in 2016.
  • Health care
    • COLORADO Gov. Jared POLIS announced that Summit County, which had some of the highest health care costs in the state, will see premiums decrease by 41 percent. The decrease is thanks to the creation of the Summit County’s Peak Health Alliance, the state’s first health care purchasing collaborative, and the state’s new reinsurance program.

Name that governor:

This governor initially wanted to go into musical theater…

Think you know? Shoot me your answer at amestoy@dga.net.

Who has a new dog? That’s MINNESOTA Gov. Tim WALZ who was the answer to this question: This governor fulfilled a key campaign promise last week when the First Family adopted Scout, the new First Dog….

Have a great week!